TITLE

DATOS SOBRE LA DINAMICA DE LA FLORA FANEROGAMICA DEL VALLE DE MEXICO, CON ENFASIS EN ESPECIES NATIVAS RARAS, EN PELIGRO DE EXTINCION Y APARENTEMENTE EXTINTAS

AUTHOR(S)
Rzedowski, Jerzy; De Rzedowski, Graciela Calderon
PUB. DATE
December 1993
SOURCE
Acta Botanica Mexicana;1993, Issue 25, p81
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A recently concluded inventory reveals that 68 species of wild flowering plants registered in the past century or in the first half of the present one as members of the native flora of the Valley of Mexico, do not seem to exist any more in the area. Five of these species (Acourtia matudae, Andropogon schaffneri, Cirsium lomatolepis, Lactuca brachyrrhyncha and Rubus cymosus) have not been reported from outside the limits of the Valley and in consequence may be totally extinct. 620 species of still extant native flora are evidently scarce or rare in the area, and consequently their permanence is endangered. Of these, 153 are so vulnerable, that their survival in next 50 years is not probable, if the present trend of modification of the environment is maintained. 161 species introduced from overseas were found growing as wild plants in the Valley of Mexico in recent decades. It can be estimated that approximately 50 additional species thriving as weeds are also adventitious, although these plants are native of other parts of Mexico and/or Mesoamerica. Finally, the existence of elements is reported, which do not behave as weeds and certainly are not escapes from cultivation, but immigrated from neighboring areas, due to modifications caused by human activities. Lists are provided for all discussed groups of species.
ACCESSION #
21792522

 

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